St. Stephen's Food Bank running low on supplies

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A food bank in Dubuque is running low. The St. Stephen's Food Bank collects food for local agencies that help others in the community. Directors at St. Stephen's say more and more people are in need of that food.

Lorraine Stutzman and her husband come to St. Stephen's Food Bank for supplies for the Hanover Food Pantry in Jo Davies County.

“We took a test and everything and we qualified so that's how come we started coming to the food bank and we love it," said Stutzman.

Stutzman says they've been getting food there for about two years.

"We have between 15 and 20 families that come either the second Wednesday or the fourth Wednesday."

But in the years they've been coming here, Lorraine has noticed an increase in organizations that get food from the pantry.

"Donations are coming in very very steadily," said Executive Director Kathy Hutton

But Hutton says they're just going out too fast.

"We turn over approximately 116,000 pounds per month,” said Hutton, "This warehouse can hold about 250,000 pounds in one given time, and right now we're right at about 130,000 pounds."

Hutton and her staff encourage people to donate.

"We appreciate everything that the people do to donate things because we need it to accomplish our mission and Dubuque has always been wonderful about that," said Hutton.

And Lorraine hopes St. Stephen's can keep up with the demand.

"If they don't get the donations then we don't get the donations, somebody's going to have to be a little bit hungry," said Stutzman.